Ryanair and the Irish pilots will meet on Wednesday in an attempt to avoid the strike

The stoppages of July 12 could be the first of a series in July and August

The airline Ryanair has agreed to meet this Wednesday with the Association of Airline Pilots of Ireland (IALPA, for its acronym in English) in an attempt to avoid the strike of 24 hours convened by the group for next Thursday July 12.

This agreement on the start of negotiations comes after the unions and company discussed over the weekend about where the meetings should take place.

And it is that the airline wanted the meetings to take place in their offices in Swords, next to Dublin airport, to avoid a “media circus”, while IALPA wanted them to take place in a place rented for the occasion by the union itself .

Finally, the director of Human Resources of Ryanair, Eddie Wilson, has sent again a letter to the national secretary of Fórsa (of which IALPA is part), Angela Kirk, accepting that the meeting was in a “neutral” place: the room Seán Lemass in Terminal 1 of Dublin Airport on Wednesday.

The union, which was the one that proposed the date and the place, agreed to meet, although he announced that they will not call off the strike if the airline is not willing to accept their requests for seniority privileges.

Meanwhile, Ryanair will communicate its “contingency plans” on Tuesday to minimize the effects of the strike on flights projected on Thursday. It will also contact the customers that will be affected.

A SERIES OF PAROS

In the letter, Wilson also asks for explanations from Kirk, referring to communications of June 25, while the strike vote was being prepared.

In them the president of IALPA, Evan Cullen, explains that the union contemplates “a series of stoppages of one or two days for July and August”.

“It is clear after reading this letter, and for your continued refusal to go to our offices that, regardless of what we do, a small number of our pilots led by Aer Lingus pilots are determined to interrupt flights and alter our travels. customers, “regrets the director of Human Resources.